The first thing we bought for our 2012 Solera 24S was a set of road flares, and caution markers for emergency breakdowns. The next thing we addressed was a safety railing for the bunk over cab and also provide a safety handle for the ladder for our grand children, etc. Reconfigured sewer hose access to a 6 inch access to accommodate large sewer hoses. Final design uses 2 - 90 degree elbows - hose then connects from outside ... Much easier to hookup! As to winter in the north ... Would recommend you look into inside storage such as a warehouse. We store our Solera since purchase new in a warehouse which is dry and locked. Our Solera looks like new as we have avoided damage from sun, rain and ice storms. Also would recommend antifreezing and battery removal if you are planning long lay up. All our best in your new adventure.